How Long Does A Mattress Last?
Mattresses are expensive. Whether you are buying a regular mattress or a bed-in-a-box, you are not only investing a lot of money into it, but also expecting it to offer value for money. But to be able to offer full value for your money, the mattress has to last. So how long exactly does a mattress last?
Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this. The lifespan of a mattress varies depending on the type of mattress, quality of material, kind of use and care. By lifespan we mean how long the mattress can retain most of its original support and comfort. In case you didn’t know, the lifespan of a mattress affects us in a number of ways. A recent research on back pain found that worn-out mattresses can make the condition worse, while another research by the Oklahoma State University found sleep quality to be better when an old mattress is replaced with a new one.
What is the average lifespan of a mattress?
Mattresses usually last long enough before needing to be replaced. Depending upon the material, some mattresses may wear out sooner than others. However, when the mattress is made of high quality material, it tends to last anywhere between 7 and 10 years, and proper care can increase its lifespan well beyond ten years. Mattresses should usually be replaced every ten years if they get worn-out.
Average lifespan of different materials
Different materials make the average lifespan of a mattress vary. Some of the common mattress types and their average lifespan are as follows:
Latex: Mattresses made of latex are superior to all other types, and usually last the longest. The average lifespan of a latex mattress is 15 years, and the layers can be replaced when they wear out. Moreover, to maintain uniform wear, the layers of a latex mattress can be flipped.
Memory foam: On an average, a memory foam mattress lasts about ten years. Even though it sags less than the other types, it needs to be flipped regularly to prolong longevity.
Waterbed mattress: Since these mattresses don’t have springs that can break with wear, they tend to last a little longer than regular mattresses. The lifespan of a waterbed mattress is usually no more than seven to nine years, even with proper maintenance.
Spring mattress: These mattresses are supported by coil springs that break with use and make the mattress sag. Even the best quality spring mattresses don’t last past seven or eight years with proper care.
Hybrid mattress: This type of mattress uses a pocketed coil support core and a comfort layer like latex or memory foam. On an average, a hybrid mattress can last up to six years if properly cared for, though the longevity depends upon the quality of material used to make the core.
What does mattress longevity depend on?
There are several factors that influence mattress longevity. They are:
Use: The more a mattress is used, the shorter it will last. Similarly, mattresses that are occasionally used (like a guest bed) will have a longer lifespan. The types of activities the mattress is used for also determine its lifespan to a certain extent. For instance, putting heavy objects on the bed can make it sag sooner than normal. Spilling food or drink on the bed can also weaken the material and shorten the lifespan of the mattress.
Weight: The pressure applied on a mattress affects its lifespan. Heavier people exert more pressure on a mattress, leading to sinkage and sagging, whereas lighter people exert less pressure, extending the lifespan of a mattress.
Care: Proper maintenance of a mattress extends the lifespan of a mattress by getting rid of dust, dirt, and germs. Putting a top sheet and changing it every couple of days ensures the longevity of a mattress.
When to replace a mattress?
There are some telltale signs that a mattress needs to be replaced. Some of the most common ones are sagging, bumps, lumps, and tears. Aside from that, there are physical signs that let you know it is time to change your mattress. Sleeping on an old, worn-out mattress deprives your body of support and comfort, resulting in aches and pains. Mattresses also tend to attract allergens, and it happens more when a mattress becomes old. Allergies, asthma, and other similar problems can result from sleeping on an old mattress.
On an average, a quality mattress lasts 5 to 10 years. But with proper cleaning and care, the lifespan can be extended for a few more years.
Considering a bed-in-a-box? What you need to know about the new mattress trend
January 25, 2018, 4:05 AM
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WASHINGTON — Sales of beds-in-a-box have doubled in the last four years, and a leading consumer group has explored the online mattress experience for you in case it’s something you want to try.
“There are many more options available on the market now,” said Sara Morrow, a deputy editor with Consumer Reports. “Many of these companies are competing to make a mattress that’s hitting a good price point and is also offering good performance.”
Consumer Reports finds that online mattress retailers try to make the experience as pain free as possible for consumers. They typically offer generous return policies, long trial periods and free shipping.
Prices are competitive and it’s easier to comparison shop.
With brick and mortar mattress retailers, product names for identical or near-identical models can vary among stores. Consumer Reports finds that online bed-in-a-box companies tend to offer just one model, but that lack of choice isn’t necessarily bad.
“Our tests have confirmed that many of the mattresses do perform well whether you’re a petite person, an average person, a tall person — and, no matter how you sleep,” Morrow said.
Most are made of foam. But bed-in-a-box offerings include innerspring and adjustable air mattresses.
The question is: Are they any good?
Consumer Reports’ independent laboratory testing and ratings show beds-in-a-box get good marks for durability, stability and firmness. Some of these mattresses perform at consistently “good” and “excellent” levels.
The Essentia Strami, for example, tops Consumer Reports’ ratings for all foam mattresses.
“Twelve foam mattresses that are beds-in-a-box have made our ‘recommended’ list,” Morrow said.
And it’s not impossible to try before you buy.
Some brick and mortar stores display products from the online mattress retailers. Target shows twin-size Casper mattresses and Leesa has a relationship with West Elm stores, which has locations in D.C., Baltimore and Tysons Corner.
Consumers can also check the websites of individual companies to see if and how they might offer an in-person, pre-purchase experience.
Rejects don’t have to go back in the box.
Beds-in-a-box are compressed, folded or rolled into what might seem like minuscule containers relative to their unleashed size. But Consumer Reports finds most rejected purchases do result in refunds and the mattresses don’t necessarily have to be returned.
“More than likely, they’re going to give you a refund. But also more than likely, it’s going to be your responsibility to remove that mattress from your house,” Morrow said.
Some companies will work with consumers to arrange for the mattress to be given to a charitable donation or to pick it up themselves.
“Always make sure that you’re familiar with the return policy,” Morrow said.
Should you also buy a box spring?
Consumer Reports advises mattress owners to follow the manufacturer recommendations. Ignore the manufacturer’s advice and you might void the product warranty.
Sticking with a traditional mattress? Take your time.
If you choose to buy a bed from a mattress store, Consumer Reports finds from its most recent survey of subscribers that the longer you try out a mattress at the store before buying it, the more likely you will be satisfied with your purchase.
The recommended tryout time: 10 to 15 minutes.
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How long does a mattress last?
My mattress is getting on in years. In fact, Bill Clinton was in his first term as president when I last bought a new one. Is it time for me to replace my mattress?
You’ve probably logged more than 30,000 hours in your bed, and your mattress has likely become less comfortable and less supportive. But there’s no set formula for determining when you need to replace a mattress. It might be time to buy one if:
•You regularly wake up tired or achy—you make Oscar the Grouch seem as cheerful as Mr. Rogers.
•You tend to sleep better away from home, than in your own bed. Are you planning unnecessary business trips or looking for any reason to go on a weekend getaway?
•Your mattress looks or feels saggy or lumpy—it needs go on the Abs Diet.
•You’re over age 40 and your mattress is five to seven years old. Remember, your body tolerates less pressure as it ages. As if getting older weren’t tough enough . . .
A mattress can be an expensive investment—we’ve tested models that cost in excess of $4,000—but if you treat your new one properly, it could easily last 10 years. Our advice:
•Don’t let your kids use your bed as a trampoline.
•Rotate your mattress. If you have a single-sided mattress (you sleep on only one side), rotate the mattress from end to end—that is, move the mattress 180 degrees. The foot of the mattress is now at the head, and vice versa.
If you have a double-sided mattress, rotate it as above, then turn it over so the bottom is now on top.
Perform these steps every two weeks for the first three months you have your new mattress, then once every two months thereafter. You’ll find illustrated instructions on a number of different Web sites.
• Use a bed frame that has a center support.
Essential information:See “How to buy a mattress without losing sleep” for detailed advice on finding the perfect bed. And watch our video buying guide.
The Ins and Outs of Memory Foam: Is It Worth the Hype?
April 10, 2017
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Memory foam mattresses have soared in popularity over the last decade. Memory foam pillows are a more recent addition to the product line. But what’s so great about memory foam? A lot, it turns out.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam material dates back to 1966 when it was developed by NASA to absorb shock in airplane seats. Since then, “slow spring back foam” (as it was initially referred to) has been used in NFL helmets, hospital beds, shoes, and prosthetics.
Memory foam has evolved in recent years, and technologically advanced foams are common materials in mattress construction. For example, Serta’s gel foam mattresses are made up of a combination of tiny cushioning chambers, each infused with millions of Titanium gel beads uniquely designed to relieve pressure points, provide added support and aid in temperature regulation.
Why do some sleepers prefer memory foam?
Memory foam is a great mattress material for many reasons. It evenly distributes weight and pressure over an area, giving many sleepers pressure point relief. The foam contours to each individual’s body shape, allowing for a high level of mattress personalization. Memory foam is also resistant to movement. If your bed partner gets up frequently or tosses and turns at night, the activity doesn’t ripple throughout the entire mattress.
Now, advanced memory foam technology helps keep you cool while you sleep. Serta’s iComfort mattress collection, for example, features EverFeel® Triple Effects™ Gel Memory Foam which provides a cool and comfortable night’s sleep.
How long does memory foam last?
Memory foam mattresses can last anywhere from eight to ten years, depending on how well they’re cared for. Typically, a memory foam mattress will last as long as any other type of mattress, whether it’s an innerspring or hybrid.
A liquid resistant mattress protector is a good way to keep your memory foam mattress clean and free from stains, which can impact the warranty. Our iComfort TempActiv mattress protector is a great choice for your memory foam mattress due to its cool-to-the-touch feel and water proof barrier.
What if I’m still not sure?
That’s okay! A new mattress is a big decision. If you prefer the traditional feel of an innerspring mattress, Serta offers the best of both worlds. Our hybrid mattresses mattress models combine gel memory foam with the most advanced individually wrapped steel coil innerspring systems. No matter your comfort preference, we’ve got you covered.
How Long Does A Tempurpedic Mattress Last?
Last Updated on April 3rd, 2020
Since they were first introduced, Tempur-Pedic mattresses have proved to be a blessing to mankind. These mattresses are known for comfort and longevity.
The minute you sleep on any of them, you feel utterly relaxed and comfortable.
However, the question that’s probably weighing heavy on your mind right now is, how long does a Tempurpedic mattress last?
Stick around to find out.
Tempur-Pedic Mattress Reviews
Tempur-Pedic is a part of Tempur-Sealy International and is a manufacturer of mattresses. As a brand, they offer various mattress models. The features of these mattress models have been provided below.
- The TEMPUR-Adapt,
This TEMPUR-Adapt mattress is available in two different designs– the all-foam adapt, and the hybrid adapt. The all-foam adapt mattress is built with a high-density polyfoam support core, while the hybrid variant has a memory foam comfort layer. It also features pocketed coils support core.
The two designs have dual-layer SmartClimate cooling covers. In terms of firmness, they are both considered to be at the medium level.
Motion isolation is a key strength of this mattress. They absorb and minimize transfer significantly. They are great in improving spinal alignment, especially for side sleepers. Meanwhile, they also confirm for targeted relief of pain and pressure.
- The TEMPUR-ProAdapt
The ProAdapt is a Tempur-Pedic mattress that is sold either as an all-foam or hybrid bed. In terms of firmness settings, the all-foam ProAdapt bed can be soft (3), medium (5) or firm (7).
The bed is constructed with a high-density support core as well as a memory foam comfort layer. All-foam ProAdapt beds are very good at minimizing motion transfer and reduce night-time disruptions.
On the other hand, the hybrid ProAdapt uses pocketed coils instead of a foam support core and are offered with medium firmness. They offer close conforming and minimal sagging. However, both versions feature a dual-layer SmartClimate cooling cover. This makes the bed temperature comfortable for sleeping.
- The TEMPUR-breeze°
The TEMPUR-breeze° is Tempur-Pedic’s latest model. The ProBreeze° comes in a hybrid or all-foam mattress. The all-foam bed is made with a memory foam comfort layer and high-density support core. The hybrid mattress has pocketed coils. The firmness level of both mattresses is medium.
Also, The TEMPUR-LUXEbreeze° comes in soft, medium and firm settings. It is an all foam bed. All TEMPUR-breeze° mattresses come with dual-layer SmartClimate covers which are padded using a layer of the phase-change material.
All Tempur-Pedic mattresses are made from high-quality memory foams. These foams usually offer more longevity than other foams. Because of this, Tempur-Pedic mattresses typically last longer than the average lifespan of different beds.
Besides, their all-foam mattress models offer exceptional motion isolation, pain and pleasure relief that is above average, and consistent conforming. Meanwhile, the hybrid versions are known to provide strong edge support, impressive temperature neutrality, and great motion isolation.
- No noise
- Multiple thickness, composition and firmness options
- Great motion isolation
- Impressive Business Bureau rating
- Exceptional Pain and pressure relief
- Very pricey
- Difficult to move or rotate
- Sleep trial requires a 30-night break-in period
What Type of Sleeper can use a Tempur-Pedic Mattress?
People tend to have different experiences on different beds. The most important thing to look out for in a mattress is the comfort and spinal support that it provides to the sleeper.
When it comes to how ideal a Tempur-Pedic mattress is for a person, a lot is dependent on factors like weight, firmness preference, and sleeping posture.
For the most versatility even in terms of firmness settings, the ProAdapt and TEMPUR-breeze° models are the best pick. Sleepers that weigh between 130 and 230 pounds will do well to buy any of the two Adapt mattresses. The medium firmness setting will be perfect for them.
The LuxeAdapt will work for lightweight and side sleepers because of its ‘soft’ setting. Back or stomach sleepers and Heavy people too can use The LuxeAdapt mattress if its firmness is set to ‘firm’ (7).
Besides, Tempur-Pedic mattresses are a good option for people with a relatively large shopping budget. People who tend to wake easily after hearing a noise or perceiving movements will find this bed more sleep aiding. Also, if you’re looking for a mattress that has thicker-than-average profiles, Tempur-Pedic mattresses are a good choice.
All You Need to Know About Tempur-Pedic Mattresses
- Construction and Firmness
Like you probably already guessed, Tempur-Pedic mattresses are constructed with Tempur material. This is a sort of high-density memory foam like the ones found in foam pillows. The producers of these mattresses make use of a layered construction technique.
Usually, varied Tempur foams are used to create the first two layers of the mattress to give different comfort options. The rest of the mattress is then constructed with two to three more layers of varying foam quality and thickness.
The Tempur material used is what makes it easy for the bed to conform to the contours and body shape of the sleeper. It also helps to distribute the sleeper’s weight evenly, and as such, sleepers do not tend to wake up with body pains.
- Sizing and Pricing
The prices of Tempur-Pedic mattresses differ depending on the particular model and size. These mattresses are a little on the pricey side, especially when compared to the prices of other standard beds.
However, they are worth the cost when you consider their advantages. Meanwhile, Tempur-Pedic mattresses come in all the different standard mattress sizes.
How to Clean a Tempur-Pedic Mattress Topper?
Tempur Pedic mattresses usually come with an anti-microbial removable mattress cover. Whenever you’re ready to clean it, all you need do is unzip the cover and wash it in cold water.
Also, pour a sizeable quantity of mild detergent in your washing machine. Ensure that the cover is washed on the gentle cycle so that the fabric’s integrity is maintained and retained. Afterward, you can go ahead to tumble dry the cover or better still, hang it to dry.
You can buy any of the mattresses on the company’s website, though they often remove or add to their selection there. You can get the mattresses through Amazon.com as well.
They can also be obtained from other third-party retailers. The Tempur-Pedic company claim that their beds are available through 6,390 brick-and-mortar companies and from different retail locations all around the U.S, Virgin Islands, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You’ll get a detailed retailer directory from the company’s site.
To all mattress orders within the contiguous U.S, the company offers free white glove delivery. Also, they give a 90-night sleep trial as well as a 10-year warranty to their buyers.
How Long Does a TempurPedic Mattress typically last?
Before the Tempur-Pedic mattress company started using Tempur for their mattresses, Tempur was initially being utilized by NASA to build safe aircraft seats for their passengers.
They were known to be suitable for lift-off and for distributing weight evenly. Soon after Tempur was discovered to provide excellent support for sleeping, Tempur-Pedic began making mattresses using this material. Since then, the company started to grow and gain popularity.
As the brand continues to gain more popularity, people are curious about whether or not their mattresses are really worth the price, and if they last as long as they’re said to last.
Actually, the Brand’s mattresses are the most recommended in America, and a large percentage of reviews report satisfaction with the beds. In fact, the beds are said to help in eliminating or reducing pains at various areas of the body. As far as the lifespan of the mattresses is concerned, it is also reported that they last for a significantly long time.
The tempurpedic mattress lifespan depends a lot on how it is used and maintained. However, Tempur-Pedic Mattresses are made with high-quality materials and high-density memory foams. As such, the mattresses are capable of lasting for a period of 7 to 8 years. They are more durable and functional than other kinds of mattresses. People who own this kind of bedding are known to have little, or no complaints about the bed sagging.
Even so, the mattresses must be maintained and used exclusively for what it is made for if it will be as durable as it is said to be. You are not expected to sit on one side if the bed for a lengthy amount of time. Also, you need to rotate the mattress regularly so that the bed can wear evenly.
Besides, the bed is not made for, and cannot withstand the pressure of kids jumping on it. Therefore, ensure that your kids do not turn the bed into their playground. Keep the mattress away from direct sunlight as this can have adverse effects on the bed too. The bed is made for sleeping and using it for anything other than that can reduce its lifespan or cause it to deteriorate quickly.
Even with all the up-sides of these mattresses, for many customers, their price point is a huge discouragement. Compared to competitors, Tempur-Pedic mattresses are believed to be overpriced. However, the company upgrade the quality of their products yearly, and this may be why the price remains on the high.
How long does Tempurpedic mattress last? — Between 7 to 8 years. Clearly, the pros of Tempur-Pedic mattresses outweighs the cons. So if you’re thinking of buying one, why not?
Now that you’re sure about the longevity period and functionality of the mattress why not try it out? Like many other buyers, you’re probably going to love it too.